According to Diario Gol, Manchester United could agree a £88m deal with Real Madrid for David De Gea who ‘dreams of returning home’ to Spain and Madrid, so long as they’ve secured Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak as his replacement.
Real have never given up trying to sign the 27-year-old, having been heavily linked in 2012, 2015 and in 2017, but they’ve never managed to get the deal over the line. De Gea was previously keen to join Los Blancos, but he’s since settled in Manchester and appeared to be staying for the long-term.
One issue that needs resolving, however, is his contract. The Spanish international has just 12 months remaining on his deal at Old Trafford, which could leave United with a decision to make whether they cash in early to make as much money as possible, or risk losing him for free next summer.
The report states United are somewhat resigned to losing De Gea and have targeted Oblak to be his replacement. The 25-year-old joined Atleti from Benfica in 2014 and has become one of the best goalkeepers in Europe, keeping 93 clean sheets in 162 games for Diego Simeone’s side.
It’s not hard to see why United would want to replace De Gea for the Slovenian international, but no deal has been agreed yet.